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Steve's "Old School Pico Reef" done cheap and sexy :D

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And at the end of Saturday, looks like Ammonia is gone (API still trying to tell me we're at 0.25ppm, but the Ammonia Alert Badge is showing clear) and nitrates are down under 1ppm.  Picked up a beautiful dragon's breath macro from my LFS today, and it's in my 10GNuvo now, but likely going to move it over in part or full once I get one more round of ammonia through the cycle. Re-dosed back up to 2ppm, verified with a test, and we're off to the races once more!   I want to see if I can get it clearing 2ppm in 48 hours prior to putting any livestock in there.

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stevejo

And by the end of Sunday, before the lights shut off, ammonia was gone!

 

Went ahead and did about a 0.5g water change (just the fresh saltwater I had leftover from the Nuvo water change), got it all cloudy, and popped in my first coral!  This is a set of random Zoas from my 10g, just to see how the light works for them.  They weren't open in the picture but definitely started opening just prior to lights out for the night.

 

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748S911

Nice!

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stevejo

Zoa is struggling to open, but starting to see diatoms!

 

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ksadam

Very nice setup! I have a $75 budget as well from the Mrs 👍

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stevejo

Went tot he LFS to look at CUC for this tank today, and what do they have in the front of the invert section?  SEXIES! 😄

 

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Picked up two of them, but only one wanted to come out.  The other is upside down on the bottom rock happily munching away.  Also grabbed a pair of blue hermit crabs to assist with cleanup (and again, one shown and one hiding).

 

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stevejo

Finally got the second sexy to get somewhere where I could get a photo of him...

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Tigahboy

Yay!  Sexies!  Love those 🦐.

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stevejo

They were both out and playing on the heater cord this morning!

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fishfreak0114

The tank is looking good!  Any new additions?

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stevejo

Oh my it's been a while - I work in politics and April 27th was supposed to be the end of the session down here in AZ, but it stretched until this morning, putting me on silly overtime for the month of May 😞

That said, the 2.5 is doing great!  The sexies are growing and feeding, the little goofy brown zoa is extending, but not producing new heads, and all four residents have learned when shrimp pellets drop in.  It's been an ugly algae challenge, but lots of credit card scraping and weekly 50-60% water changes (I pull about a gallon, and the tank holds a hair under 2) have been starting to see it wane.

 

Here's an FTS from yesterday, as well as some shots of the residents playing around!

 

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Clown79
On 4/15/2019 at 6:04 PM, stevejo said:

They were both out and playing on the heater cord this morning!

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They're so cute

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MetaTank

Any updates?

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